Distracted Driving Accident Lawyers in Laurel, MD
Were You Hit by a Distracted Driver? We Can Help!
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration statistics show that distracted driving accidents are on the rise, contributing to numerous automobile fatalities and serious injuries. In 2011 alone, over 3,300 people were killed in distracted driving accidents and 387,000 were injured. Recent studies have shown that driving while distracted can impair a driver more than if he or she had been intoxicated.
There is no excuse for endangering the lives of others by distracted driving or texting while driving. At McGowan & Cecil, LLC, we represent individuals who were injured in car accidents due to distracted driving. We will aggressively pursue damages to cover your losses, including medical bills, rehabilitation, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Speak with one of our Laurel personal injury lawyers by scheduling a free consultation at (301) 761-2007!
What Are the Common Forms of Distracted Driving?
Distracted drivers are far more likely to cause accidents to other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Drivers can be distracted visually, manually and cognitively.
Various forms of distraction include:
- Talking on a cellphone
- Texting or reading texts on a cell phone
- Putting on makeup and other forms of grooming
- Looking at maps or navigation systems
- Watching a video
- Eating or drinking
- Engaging with other passengers in the car
- Trying to control unruly pet passengers
- Adjusting the radio or changing a CD
- Picking something up off the floor
- Watching an accident instead of the road
Our dedicated attorneys bring more than 90 years of experience to every injury case. We have successfully represented thousands of auto accident claims. Our thorough investigation gives us an edge when working to resolve your claims with insurance companies. We are committed to obtaining the best result possible for your claim.
Texting While Driving in Maryland
Drivers who are typing, sending or reading texts divert their eyes from the road. To reduce the number of texting while driving accidents, Maryland law strictly prohibits an individual from writing or sending text messages while operating a motor vehicle. Recent legislation also prohibits all drivers from using a hand-held phone while driving on a street or highway. Drivers under the age of 18 are prohibited from any use of cellphones while driving.
Distracted Drivers Slower to Respond Than Drivers Impaired by Alcohol
It only takes a few careless seconds to cause serious injuries, devastating someone's life forever. Whether taking their eyes off the road to read a text, taking their hands off the wheel to send a text or pick something up or letting their minds drift, studies have shown that distracted drivers have slower response times than people who drive while impaired by alcohol.
A study by Car and Driver magazine found that delayed reaction times of distracted drivers of vehicles moving at 35 mph caused the vehicle to travel extra distances of as much as 45 feet. Distracted drivers moving at 70 mph traveled extra distances of as much as 70 feet. The effect of distraction is disturbing considering that the impaired drivers' distances traveled increased by seven and 11 feet respectively.
Ensure Your Rights & Interests Are Protected
Our distracted driving accident attorneys in Laurel have more than 90 years of legal experience and have represented thousands of injury victims. We have considerable experience in auto accident claims and know how to build strong cases for our clients. We have recovered millions of dollars on behalf of accident victims and handle each case with the same level of commitment and professionalism.
Given our vast experience in personal injury law, we know that driver negligence is typically the root cause of accidents. Our firm has the resources to conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of accidents as well as to identify evidence of driver negligence, which may include texting, negligent use of a cell phone, speeding, drunk driving, distracted driving and other forms of driver negligence.
By building strong cases for our clients, we negotiate with the insurance companies from a standpoint of strength. We aggressively pursue the full amount of damages on behalf of injured clients for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages, and more. As a client of our firm, we stand by you from start to finish.
If You Suffered an Injury Caused by a Distracted Driver, Call Us!
If you suffered an injury because of a careless driver or one that was texting while driving, consider one of our Laurel personal injury attorneys at McGowan & Cecil, LLC. We offer free consultations, and if you hire us, you won't be charged a fee unless we recover compensation for you.
We are here to help and represent individuals in Laurel, College Park and throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia. Call now to schedule your free consultation at (301) 761-2007!